Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Finally here it is, the latest issue of Juleroser 2017; a beautiful, literary and artistic Christmas magazine edited by Herborg Kråkevik. Juleroser is the Norwegian word for Christmas roses or more exactly Hellebore, latin for the evergreen plant which easily blooms in minus degrees. Herborg Kråkevik is famous for her ability to preserve […]


I do love my gold cross above that I carry ever so often. The design is great. It is tiny, tiny and measures eight millimeters. When I was eighteen and living in California for a year, I ran across a quote on a card in a bookstore, a card I have kept all this time. The quote goes: “I carry a cross in […]


I have put out our nativity scene (krybbe) in the living-room. These figures have followed us since the children were small and this year I have adopted the Spanish tradition to set up the scene two weeks before Christmas. Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Mary and Joseph’s ride to Bethlehem has always interested me. What if they had known that they were to […]


Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen The first of December I always put out my lamps with candles next to the front door, and I have them burn day and night till Christmas Eve. They create a great athmosphere outside the house, and whenever we get home the burning candles welcome us back. Traditions like this make […]


I am in Salamanca this week with my students who are studying Spanish, all taken by this small and stunningly beautiful student-filled city in northwestern Spain close to Portuguese border. It has an incredible architecture, actually it is considered one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe, and thanks to its clear and pure […]